Chaosium reportedly fires staff, pushes “reset button”, hires Sandy Petersen

I’ll reserve comment on this for the time being, but here’s the news from Chaosium (publisher of the CALL OF CTHULHU role-playing game):

Greg Stafford writes:

We have pressed the reset button…

In 1975 Chaosium started out as a quirky boutique game company. We were all about creativity, artistry and craftsmanship. With every game we provided you with new realms of imagination and entertainment. Over the last few years we forgot that, and lost our way.

The Great Old Ones have Returned…
Greg Stafford, founder of Chaosium and creative force during its heyday, is now President. Sandy Petersen, world renowned game designer who brought Cthulhu into the light three decades ago, has rejoined the team as well.

Greg says: “Chaosium is part of my legacy. My intent is to restore it to its rightful place in the world of gaming. Something we can all take pride in, and something that fans will look forward to.Where ‘what’s next?’ is answered with ‘I can’t wait’.”

The Stars are Right…
Sandy says: “I am excited to return to active participation in the Call of Cthulhu line, and I’m eagerly looking forward to working directly with Greg again. We are Chaosium’s original team from the 1980s. My first focus is going to be the Call of Cthulhu 7th edition Kickstarter campaign.”

Our main plan is simple (but will be a lot of work):

Quickly sift and sort through the current company problems
Immediately ship the remaining Horror on the Orient Express backer rewards
Focus on the Call of Cthulhu 7th edition Kickstarter backer rewards
Return to regularly making awesome new games.

We offer new hope, and ask only for your patience.”

Please visit for regular news and updates. Contact us with questions, kudos, curses, or kindness. We are listening, and we will respond.

Greg Stafford, President and CEO of Chaosium Inc.

Quoted from here.

So, Lovecraftians: What are your thoughts?

UPDATE: I have an email from Sandy Petersen: “My personal number one focus is to get Chaosium’s kickstarter campaigns on track and you can quote me.”

23 responses to “Chaosium reportedly fires staff, pushes “reset button”, hires Sandy Petersen

  1. I think it would be great for Mike to get an interview with the various people involved in the “new and improved” Chaosium. It would make a good platform for them to speak about their hopes and plans for the future, and field a few questions from the public.


  2. I’m not sure what to think, except that it couldn’t be any worse than its been over the past few years, so maybe Greg and Sandy and Ben coming back will pump enough life into the company to get it back on track. Its just a shame that the two people who truly elevated CoC to glory and heights — Lynn Willis and Keith Herber — are both gone and unable to help get it back on track.

    But as one of the old fossils of CoC, I had the pleasure of working with Sandy WAAAAYYYYY back in the day, and then Ben a little later on, and I know they are both hard working guys, so I’m hopeful.


  3. I’m excited to see what happens. I love CoC so much; it was my first experience with tabletop RPGS and I just fell in love instantly. I am hyped for Cthulhu Wars as well, and its add-on packs. Let’s see how far down this dark, multidimensional rabbit hole really goes…


  4. Mike,

    I’m frankly not surprised. I’m one of the many Backers for their Kickstarter Project wgich began nearly two years ago. They’really completely behind schedule with little explanation provided during the last 24 months. Additionally, as a small business owner, I expect a certain degree of professionalism when dealing with others engaged in a similar, artistic outlet. Instead, silence…from Kranz and several others to whom I sent e-mails.

    By contrast, Sandy reached out to me when he was in the beginning stages of launching his Kickstarter Project for some tips. We exchanged several e-mails at BGG, and he was very gracious in each correspondence. Later, when I asked him for feedback on our line of Cthulhu-esque items, he proved exceptionally responsive. For Chaosium, they couldn’t get a better guy to re-join the ranks.

    Anyway, I hope the company gets its act together, returns the Kickstarter Project to some semblance of organization, and for me at least, improve customer relations.


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